North California Groups : U
The information on the North California Groups pages was compiled by Gray Newell based on research by: Alec Palao, Corry Arnold, Ben Chaput, Joey Dryfka, Mike Dugo, Ross Hannan, Vernon Joynson, Gray Newell, Stephane Rebeschini, Obert Sonsten, Jason Sweitzer Bruce Tahsler and Max Waller.
These pages were originally made available on the North California Groups website which, unfortunately, no longer exists. The pages are provided here as an archive of that site and are currently being updated at irregular intervals.
The information is presented alphabetically by group name:
Group name :
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UNCLE BEN & THE WILD RICE
A Tale Told / A Tale Told(Plamie 1021/2)May 1968
Holdin Blues / Sinner (Plamie 1023/1)c1968
From Hollister - just South East of San Jose.
Appeared at the Straight Theatre on 14-15/06/68 with The Charlatans and The Cleveland Wrecking Company.
CD: Under Milkwood (Akarma AK 095)2000
CD reissue of unreleased 1970 A&M LP, recorded in SFO.
No information is available for this group at the present time.
UNIVERSAL PARKING LOT
Performed at the Awareness Festival AKA Whatever It Is at S F State College on October 1st 1966 with The Grateful Dead and Congress Of Wonders.
Bill Fulton - guitar
David Stenson - bass
Denny Ellis - guitar
? - drums
Post Grass Roots period name adopted by The Bedouins, occasionally featured Sunshine singing on some songs. Stenson and Ellis went on to the Serpent Power, Fulton to Blackburn & Snow's road band, and then Tower Of Power.
Action Speaks Louder / This Whole World Is Blind (Strata S-106)
From Burlingame, apparently there's another 45 with the band backing Debbie Williams, on the Highland label, details unknown.
Autumn's Here / Draggin' The Main Sep 64 Autumn 4
Embryonic San Francisco sounds and one of the early release on Tom Donahue and Bobby Mitchell's pioneering Autumn label. Draggin' The Main combines surf and hot-rod street-cred with 12-string guitar and can be heard on Dance With Me - The Autumn Teen Sound (CD). Compiler Alec Palao notes that the track also turned up on tapes marked as by the Dreamers and the Impax - alternative names for this unknown outfit, perhaps?
Ruben Bettencourt - Guitar
Werner Brandt (Aka Varsh Hammell) - Bass
Jack Ellis - Guitar
Frank Lupeca - Drums
Bob Segarini - Vocals
Another act that recorded for Autumn only to have the recordings shelved, this time because group leader Bob Segarini refused to allow strings to be dubbed over the tunes. The group split up because of this. Segarini went on to form Family Tree and The Wackers. The proposed 45 recordings "Just Me/How Can I Tell Her" later were released on the Dance With Me Big Beat CD.
I Do Love You / Where Were You When The Ship Went Down ( Ascot 2162 )1964
From San Jose.
Last updated December 2008